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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Lambert Narrator: Don Hage Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention blocked the establishment of Christianity as a national religion. But they could not keep religion out of American politics. From the election of 1800, when Federalist clergyman charged that deist Thomas Jefferson was unfit to lead a Christian nation, to today, when some Democrats want to embrace the so-called Religious Left in order to compete with the Republicans and the Religious Right, religion has always been a part of American politics.

In Religion in American Politics, Frank Lambert tells the fascinating story of the uneasy relations between religion and politics from the founding to the 21st century. Lambert examines how antebellum Protestant unity was challenged by sectionalism as both North and South invoked religious justification; how Andrew Carnegie's Gospel of Wealth competed with the anticapitalist Social Gospel during postwar industrialization; how the civil rights movement was perhaps the most effective religious intervention in politics in American history; and how the alliance between the Republican Party and the Religious Right has, in many ways, realized the founders' fears of religious-political electoral coalitions. In these and other cases, Lambert shows that religion became sectarian and partisan whenever it entered the political fray, and that religious agendas have always mixed with nonreligious ones.

The book is published by Princeton University Press.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marc | 11/22/2011

    " A very condensed history of the different religous movements in America and how they affected politics. An interesting and quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mikko | 4/8/2011

    " Lambert's book is interesting and well researched but lacks a guiding idea. Each chapter reads like a separate essay so the book as a whole fails to deliver a historical narrative. Still an OK read, if you are interested in the subject matter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Erin | 2/16/2011

    " This is an excellent introduction to the history of religion in America. It has a dry academic tone, but is also concise. Highly recommended. "

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